Salute the Badge: Fire Station 17 reopens in new location

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What could be better than a shiny new fire truck?

How about a new fire station in which to house it?

City leaders celebrated the addition of a new ladder truck and the grand reopening of Fire Station 17 in Southern Hills.

The state of the art fire station was nearly seven years in the making.

Voters approved the $2.4 million dollar project in the 2011 bond election.

“This is the busiest station of all the fire stations in the City of Shreveport,” said James Flurry, Shreveport City Councilman.

Fire Station 17 serves the Southern Hills neighborhood…

The more than 11,000 square foot facility is now located on Baird Road and includes a commercial-grade kitchen, a day room, an exercise room, private bedrooms, and three engine bays…

“We’re able to have our firefighters be more comfortable,” shared Flurry. “And they’ll be able to respond to a lot of locations quicker from this vantage point.”

The new ladder truck will help firefighters keep citizens safe.

Neighbors young, and young at heart, toured the truck and facility and gave their stamp of approval.

“This is the Southern Hills’ fire station. This is their community. This is their fire station, here to serve them and our city.” Chief Scott Wolverton, Shreveport Fire Department. “So we’re very excited about it and thankful for their support and we’re just thankful we can get it open and start running out of it.”

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